In memory of Jared Birk - the first children's home on Project
Canaan: A Place of Hope
Jared Ryan Birk, the 20 month old son of
Teresa and Dale Birk of Jackson, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday August
18, 2009 after a tragic accident at his home two days earlier. Teresa
Birk had just completed her first trip with Heart for Africa to
Swaziland on July 26, and like the others who have served in Africa,
returned changed forever.
The Birk family has established the Jared Birk Memorial Fund
with Heart for Africa. All funds will go towards building the
first children's home on Project Canaan in Swaziland. The land
was dedicated to the glory of God on Saturday, July 24th, 2010 and
building has begun.
If you would like to be a part of bringing hope to the children
of Swaziland please give generously today
Here is the obituary that Teresa wrote for her son:
Heaven’s special child, Jared Ryan Birk, 20 months, of Jackson
was called to his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. He died
peacefully at Childrens Hospital in St. Louis surrounded by family and
Jared was born November 23, 2007 to Dale and Teresa and Austin
Birk of Jackson. He was baptized on January 12, 2008 at St. Paul
Loving survivors include his parents;
brother Austin; paternal grandparents Glen & Alice Birk;
maternal grandparents Larry & Clara Dixon; great grandmother
Sadie Dixon all of Jackson. Loving uncles and aunts are Terry Birk,
Ralph and Diane Birk, and Kelvin and Marsha Birk. Jared was blessed with
loving cousins who served as Godparents, Eric and Heather Birk.
Honorary Godparents are cousins Josh, Kelsie, Adam and Clay. Special
friends include Brad Gaines and Kelly Parres. He was preceded in death
by his cousin Chad Ryan Birk, after whom he was named. The family stands
strong knowing Chad welcomed Jared into heaven where they will play
Jared was a blessing to many. His months were few but mighty.
He brought joy to so many with his beautiful smile, white blonde hair
and big blue eyes. He and his older brother Austin, age 13, were
incredibly close. Jared spent hours walking in Austin’s footsteps and
playing with Austin’s friends. Anything they could do, he thought he
could do also.
Thousands of prayer warriors throughout 50 states, 2 continents
and countless prayer teams include our dearest family and friends, our
MedAssets family, our Heart for Africa team, our St. Paul Lutheran
Church & School family, Boy Scout Troop 311, La Croix Methodist
Church, Dr. Eric Becking and Childrens Hospital
While Jared did not receive a miracle to restore his body, he
is a blessed to be a blessing to others thru organ transplant. Jared
will live on thru multiple recipients in three states to whom he offered
the gift of life.